Unless you are a young child or the parent of young child, you probably haven’t heard of Miss Bobbi, Miss Jolene, or Miss Sarah. At the Blue Springs North branch, these women lead story time. They are the readers that do all the voices, the wigglers extraordinaire (yes, that’s dancing folks), and the givers of hugs. Miss Bobbi is the senior member of othe crew with Miss Jolene and the newest member Miss Sarah. With years of experience having children, babysitting, and reading behind them, we create a world full of words, images, music, and fun.
The MCPL Weston Branch celebrated the 4th of July at storytime last week. Filling in for Ms. Sandy was Ms. Lynn. She read Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! written by Leslie Kimmelman & illustrated by Nancy Cote. After the story, the kids created Independence Day visors. Storytime ended with its own version of fireworks with the children jumping up and down on giant bubble wrap.
Young children need a variety of skills to become good readers. Reading aloud to your preschoolers, introducing new books to them, and helping them notice the print are valuable ways in building on these skills. You can promote good reading skills by reading aloud to your child. Afraid your infant is going to tear up a book? Give them a board book. Touching and playing with books is an introduction to building their reading skills.
On Friday July 9th, I heard barking in the library and thought nothing of it. I knew, of course, it had to be Ms. Dennise. Sure enough twenty pairs of eyes were glued to her every word. No giggling, no wiggling, just happy listeners.
Has the heat wave got you down? Do you find yourself already thinking about (or wishing for) the calming snow of winter? Are you thinking of moving somewhere further north? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to bring your kids to our Christmas in July preschool storytimes at Mid-Continent Public Library's Boardwalk Branch on July 20 and 22 at 11 am. Preschool storytime includes songs, crafts, and snowball fights for kids of all ages. Registration is not required. Just come on by and think cool thoughts.
Come and meet some new friends at storytime! There are many reasons to attend story time at your library but did you know story times are fun? They also encourage group interaction, and foster a love of reading! Listening to books is known to improve reading readiness skills in children. Research shows that children who are read to and have exposure to books, have a larger vocabulary and better language skills when starting school. Fall storytimes at the Antioch Branch will resume on September 7, 2010. Have fun listening to stories, singing songs and making a simple crafts.
One of the Buckner Branch's most beloved critters is Squeaker, the storytime mouse. He chooses the books and movies for storytime. He snacks on the employee's supply of cheese in the break room when they are not looking. Squeaker loves children and any story that features a mouse. He begins each storytime sound asleep in his library bag and the kids wake him up gently by whispering Squeaker's name. Even though he doesn't have much to say, Squeaker keeps them laughing every week. The hardest part of his job is helping the storyteller stay on track.
Phonological Awareness is one of the most difficult skills for children to master. It is the ability to break words into smaller pieces and to be able to play with those individual sounds. It is also being able to understand how those sounds work together.
Storytime at MCPL Raytown Branch becomes a little louder and more colorful when we get out the instruments. Keeping time with the changing rhythms of the music is fun for storytimers of all ages. Babies and toddlers can shake pretty shakers and older children can bang red sticks or sand blocks. Music helps children learn to read but for now it's just fun to use them! Come join us at Raytown Branch Storytimes on Tuesdays at 11:00am, Thursdays at 7:00pm or Fridays at 10:00am. See you there!